Table 4

Direct healthcare costs (in $C)

CharacteristicsPath of priority-level classification
Incoming P3 patients (n=79)P3→P4→P3 (n=21)P3→P3→P3 (n=43)P3→P4→P2 (n=4)P3 → P2 → P2 (n=11)
Consultation
 Rheumatologist only14 (18%)3 (14%)7 (16%)04 (36%)
 Rheumatologist and advanced practice physiotherapist65 (82%)18 (86%)36 (84%)4 (100%)7 (64%)
Median cost of rheumatologist±advanced practice physiotherapist (per patient)$197.59 ($157–$197.59)$197.59 ($157–$197.59)$197.59 ($157–$197.59)$197.59 ($197.59–$197.59)$197.59 ($157–$197.59)
Median cost of investigations (per patient)$0 ($0–$770.14)$165.66 ($32.05–$770.14)$0 ($0–$59.75)$68.28 ($32.05–$307.7)$0 ($0–$101.15)
 Among patients who had investigations ordered for them (n=29)$99.35 ($32.05–$770.14)$165.66 ($32.05–$770.14)$49.48 ($39.2–$59.75)$68.28 ($32.05–$307.7)$95.33 ($89.5–$101.15)
Median cost (per patient)$197.59 ($157–$967.73)$354.05 ($229.64–$967.73)$197.59 ($157–$236.79)$265.88 ($229.64–$505.29)$197.59 ($157–$258.15)
Average cost (per patient)$249.94$379.29$193.29$316.67$200.16
Total cost$19 744.95$7965.10$8311.34$1266.70$2201.81